Chiefs downed by Riverton junior varsitySep 15, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
The Riverton junior varsity rode a 21-point second quarter to a 41-0 win over visiting Wyoming Indian on Thursday night at home in a game lengthened by a 30-minute break as lightning passed over the stadium.
Wolverines sophomore quarterback Dillon Lange had an epic game, throwing three touchdown passes, running in another, and returning a Wyoming Indian pass for another score on an interception.
The improved Chiefs played well in the opening period, but with just 13 players suited for the contest, they faded as the game went on.
Riverton's first score came on a 39-yard pass from Lange to Tyler Emerson with 3:48 remaining in the opening period.
The Wolverines scored again two minutes later on a two-yard run by freshman Brock Hinkle.
Game officials were vigilant in watching an approaching storm from the southwest and called a 30-minute delay when a cell phone app indicated lightning was in the area. The field and the fans in the stadium were evacuated and play resumed at 6:20 p.m. after the delay.
The break in action didn't slow the Wolverines' progress, as they scored three quick touchdowns in just under four minutes of play.
Lange found Peyton Rees on a 14-yard pass and added a 10-yard run to build a 28-0 lead.
With just a second left in the half, Riverton scored on a fake field goal attempt when Lange took the long snap, stepped to his feet and hit Emerson in the west corner of the north end zone.
Maurice Gartenschlaeger added the point after for a 35-0 Riverton lead at the half.
Gartenschlaeger, an exchange student, drove the ball well throughout the game, hitting all five of his conversion kicks and driving the ball deep into the end zone.
With 7:25 on the third-period clock, Gartenschlaeger started his approach on a 61-yard field goal attempt from the 45-yard line on the opposite side of midfield. His kick flew directly down the middle of the goal, but glanced off the crossbar, missing by just a couple of inches.A later 49-yard attempt sailed wide left in a strong westerly wind as the weather deteriorated.
Riverton's final score came when Lange stepped in front of a Latrell Ferris pass and returned the ball 28 yards down the Wyoming Indian sideline.
The Chiefs played well in spite of the lopsided score.
They had problems with Riverton's passing attack, but tackled well when the Wolverines tried to run inside.
Mearl and Hiissiis Goodnight had solid games for the Chiefs, and their offensive line gave Ferris enough time to throw on most plays, giving up just a pair of sacks.
The Chiefs travel to Saratoga for their first Class 1-A West game of the season next Friday.
Riverton JV 14 21 6 0 - 41
Wyoming Indian 0 0 0 0 - 0
RIV - Tyler Emerson 39-pass from Dillon Lange (Maurice Gartenschlaeger kick) 3:48
RIV - Brock Hinkle - 2-run (Gartenschlaeger kick) 1:10
RIV - Peyton Rees 14-pass from Lange (Gartenschlaeger kick) 3:41
RIV - Lange 10-run (Gartenschlaeger kick) 1:52
RIV - Emerson 11-pass from Lange (Gartenschlaeger kick) :01
RIV - Lange 28-interception return (kick failed) 7:16